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The government has raised the wages of servicemen by 26%, the defence minister said on Tuesday. The salaries of professional, contracted and active-duty reserve soldiers are being raised in two steps, in September 2022 and January 2024, Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said in a statement. He said the aim was to improve the prestige of the profession amid a war environment and migration pressure on the southern border which require greater preparedness and a rapid reaction capability. The government’s Defence Fund ensures that development of the armed forces remains sustainable even in economically challenging times, he said.